Physeal Sparing ACL Reconstruction for Pediatric Patients

Due to increased participation in sports, injuries to the ACL are becoming more frequent in children. While performing an ACL reconstruction, a physeal-sparing approach is necessary to avoid damage to the growth plates at the ends of the long bones. There are two main physeal-sparing approaches: Extraphyseal Iliotibial Band Reconstruction (ITBR) and All-Epiphyseal Reconstructions (AER). In the ITBR bone drilling is avoided, In the AER technique, bone tunnels are drilled within the epiphyses.

Affiliations
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Saint Barnabas Medical Center Morristown Medical Center Wayne Surgical Center Elite Surgical Center